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Experienced Painful Muscle Cramps - Help

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yesterday I was so happy emoticon to be able to get on the golf course after a week off because of the cold. I was not so happy last night when I had some horrible cramps in my thigh. emoticon I had walked only a little over 4 miles, but, I guess I had used some muscles that I don't use when I ride my bike or, had I overdone by using the new bike (more resistance) and the golf?

After more cramps during the night and little sleep I went looking for answers. I got the following suggestions from an article on

1. Dehydration was a possible cause. I drink my 8 glasses or more each day but maybe I let too much time pass between times yesterday?

2. Calcium and Magnesium. These two are essential for bone health. Calcium causes the muscles to contract and magnesium causes them to relax. (I take a supplement encouraged by my doctor because tracking my food shows I seldom get enough of these.) I will try to get more from my food choices. Found good sources are yogurt, cheese, milk, spinach, turnip and kale.

3. Potassium, or lack of, is the best known cause of muscle cramps. Potassium is required for proper cell functioning and muscle growth. Inadequate potassium intake results in hypokalemia. Hypokalemia causes muscles weakness and muscle cramps.
Food sources for potassium include meats, dairy products, nuts, raisins, bananas, sweet potatoes, emoticon and peas.

I have to try something for hopefully getting rid of muscles cramps forever. If anyone knows of instant cures for muscles cramps please help!
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  • DRPOOH63
    Interesting. I eat half a banana every day to help with leg cramp, but I love e stretching irea. Hope you are doing better.
    1512 days ago
    I had a bad time with calf cramps a few years ago. When swimming, I'd have to stop mid-lap, hang on to the lane divider, and massage my leg. I also did some research and found some of the facts you shared. An additional one I found was related to stretching. That was the one that helped me most. I learned that doing several repetitions of pointing my toes/feet as hard as I could, holding for a few seconds, then pulling my toes/feet into a hard flexed position and holding for a few seconds did the trick. I do this lying on my back in bed before going to sleep. Another method is to do it while standing on the edge of a step - go up on your toes, hold; then hang your heels off the step and hold. You may need to find a different stretch to address the thigh muscles.

    Hope you get relief prior to your next golf outing!

    1513 days ago
    I don't have a remedy for you, but I think it's a good idea to get potassium from food than supplements. I hope you find something that helps. Feel better soon.
    1515 days ago
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